Breeda Looney Steps Forth by Oliver Sands

ebook, 393 pages
Expected publication: March 11th 2020 by BooksGoSocial
About the Book:
Breeda Looney tells herself she’s happy with her life in a small Irish fishing village. Sure, there are days she talks to no one but the cat, her Aunt Nora considers her a waste of skin, and her panic attacks have become public spectacles. Still, what’s the use in complaining? Then Breeda makes a shocking discovery that flips her world upside down. Her father, said to have died when Breeda was a child, might actually still be alive. Breeda’s search for her father will strain her sanity to its limits, pitting her against her formidable Aunt Nora and threatening everything she holds dear. And as she digs up the family dirt to find him, Breeda will begin to wonder… has she taken a step too far?

I loved this novel. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the description - certainly something a little quirky. I didn’t expect the depth of the emotions of Breeda Looney and how much I would root for her and be inspired by her journey. The writing was lively and the book constantly held my attention.

I've never so loved a book I didn't even intend to like. Breeda's perspective was both endearing and honest, and it was just touching to see her come out of her shell and work toward living her best life over the course of the book. There's much I could say but little of which wouldn't spoil the novel. Let's just say it was a wonderfully human story, and like a long overdue visit with an old friend...You are sad the visit is over but it lifts your spirits and warms your heart. This was a beautiful and entirely unexpected read. I absolutely recommend it.

Thank you NetGalley, Oliver Sands and BooksGoSocial for the complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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  1. Shelley - thanks so much for the review.
    I really appreciate you taking the time to read and review my debut.
    Much appreciated!
    Cheers - Oliver S


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